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New Multimedia PC build - $1000 budget

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September 19, 2010 1:44:02 AM

Below is a system that I put together for multimedia purposes. I would very much appreciate a compatibility check as well as recommendations on better parts/prices. I have a hard cap of $1000 after all applicable discounts, rebates, etc.

Also, can anyone recommend a 2.0 or 2.1 wireless speaker system for under $300 (speaker system is not included in the $1000 limit for my build)?

Thanks for the help!

Uses: Movies, Internet, music, casual gaming, beginner to intermediate video editing, streaming audio/video, multitasking

Preferred site for parts: newegg.com

Parts not needed: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound card (maybe)

1. $165.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

2. $119.99
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131646
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

3. $91.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

4. $159.99
XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814150497
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

5. $159.99
KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817121037
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

6. $159.99
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129043
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

7. $23.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
September 19, 2010 7:58:28 AM

1. If u thinking CF that ATX/880G Asus is 16/4 and is not recommended

2. Also i wouldn't go with HD 5830 these days: either GTX 460 or HD 5850...but i am thinking since u mentioned casual gaming i think the 768 GTX 460 will be more than enuff for now?

3. Consider 1055T for yor video editting needs/multi tasking?

Tower @ $646AR


Optionals

60GB SSD Sandforce based
$127AR Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe Yasya after market cooler $35
http://www.directron.com/scys1000.html
Review
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3274/scythe_yasya_scys...
$808AR in total (with all optional items in)
September 19, 2010 7:07:59 PM

I built a similar machine this summer with similar intent (video editing, home media type work).

I used this MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (which is kind of an all-in-one board) + $25 list over the one you chose.

It's a tad bit more expensive. The built in video works fine for everything I'm doing right now. I'm not a gamer, but I'm sure I'd probably be looking to add a good video card if I go that way. Played around with the built-in OCing and I'm very pleased with the board and ASUS quality.

So, you could save today on the video card with that board and you could put the SSD in there. Love my SSD even though it's not a great performer by SSD standards, it's very nice for the OS operation.

Speaking of OS, you don't list that in your build. What are you planning on using?

I'm sure the Antec is a great case, but that's very large and you aren't putting much in there--could save some money--maybe the Antec 300?

1000W power supply is overkill as well. Could save some serious money there. 500W would probably be adequate, 650 to 750 leaves you room to grow.

What are you using for an HD? Probably get a deal that makes that ~$60/TB.

One other thing I would throw out is that you can probably build an Intel I5 based system for near the same costs. It will have better overall performance in virtually every area (see the system builder marathon). If I were to build today knowing what I know now, I think I would have had to look hard at that. Note, I'm not unhappy with the performance of the 1055T, just I think Intel has the edge in price/performance right now. I bought the AM3 based 1055T platform hoping that there would be an upgrade path to the next generation processors. Doesn't look like that is going to be the case.






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